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MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 5:00am EDT
reasonably and said we cannot hold the country hostage, we cannot hold the budget hostage on defunding obama care, it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is a worse idea. house leadership is engaged in political wink wink theater where they effectively have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink? we saw john boehner fail there. his grasp seems to be loosening. . you would think that something would bring them back from the precipice, but i think the country, we get less and less convinced by the day that anybody's in charge here and that anybody has their hands on the captain's wheel. >> support for government shutdown is evaporating over the weekend. tea party, rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said and we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. we should use the leverage o
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 4:00pm EDT
obama scare. which sounds just delusional. then though, he was very wise. he made -- used his inside voice and sounded very reasonable when he talked about how they could shift the blame to obama. let's take a listen. >> it goes forward. president obama, harry reid, will scream and holler that mean nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the government. and at that point, republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time. we have to win the argument. they stand up and say, we voted to keep the government open. why is president obama threatening to shut the government down. force it down the throat mster can people. >> you notice he started with a much lowerer tone. like he is trying to sound reasonable. >> when you are suggesting something as dramatic as shutting down the government, i suspect the democrats in congress are fine with him trying to win that argument. last time the republicans shut down the government, that didn't go quite so well for them. >> that's not quite true. let's check the record on that. 95 shut downs, actually two of them, michelle -- >>
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 10:00pm EDT
great night. >>> president obama made news last night on "the tonight show" telling jay leno he will go to russia and today the white house told vladimir putin that he will not be meeting one-on-one with president obama. >> the big chill between the u.s. and russia may be heading for the deep freeze. >> putin's shelter of edward snowden -- >> no snowden, no meeting? >> comes at a price. >> he has officially cancelled to plans to meet putin. >> they slipped back into the cold war mentality. that's the past of the we have to think about the future. >> it's a totally moderate response. >> snowden was one part of this puzzle. >> edward snowden, missile defense, human rights to be continued. >> thousands of people rallied last night into tunisia's capital. yemen says it has foiled an al qaeda plot. >> massive fire -- >> russia's anti-gay laws. >> that controversial law that bans gay relationships. >> talking about the protection of american athletes abroad and a lot of concern how till impact the mrps. >> i think putin and russia have a big stake at making it work. >> we have athletes who ha
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 12:00pm EDT
nothing to surveillance stories that continue to eat into the second half of the obama presidency. as harry truman said if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if you will. to me it seems like he's trying to build up as much political capital as possible before he gets back to washington. what do you think he's trying to do? >> i think he's trying
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm EDT
. i'm in for chris. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response to tea party leaders like ted cruz, rand paul and mike lee who are champb oning a government shutdown if the obama care law is not defunded. >> the idea that you wo
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 3:00am EDT
scandal. people thought they knew what it meant. president obama was secretly telling dmitri medvedev to ignore all the election year politics, it's just politics. after that, the u.s. and russia could be great friends. maybe that wasn't it, maybe the flexibility he was speaking about was a great insult. a yo mama joke, perhaps, that would better explain what has happened since. relations are deteriorating at a very rapid pace. the president cancelled a planned meeting with russian president putin. the first time any american president has cancelled a publicly announced visit to russia since the end of the cold war. the white house explained the cancellation including, missile defense, and arms control, they cited russia's decision to thumb the u.s. in the eye by granting edward snowden temporary asylum. >> i was disappointed because even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a law breaker or alleged law breaker in their country. we evaluate it and try to work with them, they didn't do that with us. >> that same interview,
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. >> i believe that obama care is bad for america. i do. and the reason is -- and so does the president. >> what about the seniors in your district? >> what about us? >> what about us? >> excuse me real quick. the congressman was very respectful about -- >> tell him to stop lying. >> given that reaction, you'd think the party might want to rethink its plans to defund the health care law, right? wrong. today the right wing heritage group kicked off a defund obama care tour aimed at killing the law and, get this, some republicans even want to shut the government down to do it, even though they themselves admit it's a terrible idea. >> well, i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea, but i do think that we were elected, conservatives were elected to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. if we do nothing, we're just saying to the president, hey, you get your way. >> i don't think it's a good idea, but let's do it anyway. how's that for cruel? it's that type of failed logic the president called out this weekend. >> your health insurance isn't so
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2013 8:00am EDT
obama to cancel joint military exercises with egypt that had been planned for next month, that was a rebuke of egypt's military leaders, but he also had a stern warning for egypt's interim government speaking from martha's vineyard on thursday. >> given the depths of our partnership with egypt, our national security interests in this pivotal part of the world and our belief that engagement can support a transition back to a democratically elected civilian government we've sustained our commitment to egypt and its people. but while we want to sustain our relationship with egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue, as usual, when civilians are being killed in the streets. >> for the latest on the situation now, we go to msnbc news foreign correspondent live in cairo. >> good morn, steve. a tense situation is unfolding. a mosque where dozens of supporters of the president seems to be developing. in that situation a gunfight has broken out outside the mosque and tear gas inside the mosque to try to get the supporters out. throughout the course of the early morning we headed down
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 7:00am EDT
as saying we're going to keep checking this one out, but he's been quoted as saying obama hates white people. you mean he doesn't like his mother? what's going on here? >>> are all the cameras out there watching us doing a good thing? britain has hundreds of thousands of cameras watching everybody in the streets of london. we'll talk to a guy involved in a movie about that. right out of george orwell. this is "hardball," the place for politics. king a first step. and then another. and another. and if you do it. and your friends do it. and their friends do it... soon we'll be walking our way to awareness, support and an end to alzheimer's disease. and that? that would be big. grab your friends and family and start a team today. register at alz.org and choose from one of five lexus hybrids that's right for you, including the lexus es and ct hybrids. ♪ this is the pursuit of perfection. ♪ every now and then i get a little bit tired ♪ ♪ of craving something that i can't have ♪ ♪ turn around barbara ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ ♪ plays a key role throughout o
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 6:00pm EDT
of their own medicine. president obama hit the road today with a message aimed at republicans he es had enough. >> we've seen a faction of republicans in congress that suggest that maybe america shouldn't pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they could shut down obama care. you know, that won't grow our economy, that won't cede jobs, that won't help our middle class. >>> he's right, we could afford it. what doesn't the gop understand? the law was passed, signed into law, upset by the supreme court, reaffirmed by the election. bron chanting. >> gentlemen, thank you for sharing your views. why would you oppose december it's going to. >>> the people have made it clear they're sick of the gop games and the president's going to make sure that republicans get that mijts. joinings me now, thank you for coming on do republicans think they can stop the law? ibilities i think this is definitely just a big show for their base, and particularly in this conversation about shutting down the government over defunding obamacare, you even have members o
MSNBC
Aug 16, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. who wore a president obama mask at the missouri state fair. congressman steve king tweeted, "mr. president, invite the rodeo clown to the white house for a beer summit. take the temperature down. have a laugh, relax. it's not about race." it's not about race. the fair goer who shot this video said other clowns played with the lips on the obama mask, and that the whole thing felt like a clan rally. this is ugly and tone deaf, but increasingly, the republican party is refusing to listen to anyone except its own carnival barkers. today republicans voted to boycott nbc and cnn as debate sponsors if the networks don't scrap their hillary clinton films. >> we're done putting up with this nonsense. there are plenty of other news outlets. we'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. but cnn and nbc anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks. >> now whether you like the idea of a hillary movie or not, it does seem strange that the gop's big idea to reach more viewers is to shut out two national networks from debates, while reportedly trying to get the gop ringmaster h
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2013 6:00pm EDT
impeach president obama. it's the latest sign of just how desperate the gop has become. they lost the election, they don't have an agenda, they they can't stop the president's health care law. that's why you're hearing ridiculous talk about impeachment at town halls with republican lawmakers. >> he needs to be stopped. we need to get that -- it should have been started a long, long time ago. is somebody going to finally draw up something that's going to stop this runaway train we have in the white house? >> you know, if i could write that bill and submit it -- >> do it. >> yeah. >> excuse me. it would be a dream come true. i feel your pain. i know. i stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him, and i couldn't stand being there. but because he is president i have to respect the office. >> it would be a dream come true? to impeach president obama? really? now, in fairness, i'd expect this type of talk coming from the republican from michigan. he's a professional santa claus impersonator and he's posed shirtless with a reindeer. i'm not sure the reindeer's enjoying that. but look
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 10:00am EDT
>>> good morning. i'm chris jansing. >>> president obama this morning is under roux nuenewed attack f republicans even though he is facing a decision about enormous crisis in syria and hitting the road again right now to talk about the economy. let's start with the threats. republicans have spent the summer threatening a government shutdown when they go back to washington. 80 of the most conservative house republicans have sent a letter to speaker boehner urging him to defund obama care. which, in the process, could bring the wheels of government to a screeching halt. >> and then, finally, now what we have got is republicans talking about the idea that they would shut down the government, bad for the economy, bad for not just people who work for the government, but all of the contractors who -- and the defense folks and everybody who is impacted by the services that they receive from the federal government, we should shut that down because republicans after having taken 40 votes to try to get rid of obama care see this as their last gasp. >> now a few republicans are even going a st
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 4:00pm EDT
president obama would scream and yell. >> i see mea colleagues say, by god, it's now or never. >> will you vote to defund obama care? i want a yes or no. >> no. >> they want to get as many americans hood to the sugar. >> the other day you're not wanting to kill the hostage. that's okay, kill it. >> cooler heads prevail over time. >> there are more effective ways of achieving that goal. >> one thing i've tried to do is not overreact. ♪ >>> the bell has rung, and congress is out for summer. members fanning out to their districts to hear the heated opinions of constituents at town hall meetings, and with less than eight weeks to go before the official launch of new health care marketplaces until the afford kabul care ac, backers of the law are out in force encouraging people to sign up. then, of course, there are the law's opponents. you remember these guys. >> who do you want to die so that we're on the par with the english system? >> if this thing goes into effect beginning october 1st with the exchanges and mandates kicking in, it will do irreparable damage to our economy and our country
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 11:00pm EDT
would be great friends and get a lot done together. maybe the flexibility that obama was speaking about that medvedev was transmitting was a grave insult, a yo mama joke and would better explain what happened since. u.s. relations are deteriorating at a rapid pace and canceled a planned meeting with president putin the first time any american president has canceled a publicly announced visit to russia since the end of the cold war. the white house explained the decision with a laundry list of russia's policy failures the last 12 months including -- "missile defense, and arms control cited russia's decision to thumb the u.s. in the eye by granting nsa leaker edward snowden temporary asylum as a contributing factor. something the president touched on in an interview with jayleno last night too. >> i was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a law breaker or an alleged law breaker in their country, we evaluate it and we try to work with them, they didn't do that with us. >> that same inte
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2013 7:00pm EDT
civil rights figure in the obama administration announcing a major overhaul to ease government drug sentencing guidelines. holder was clear this isn't just about perform reforming an outdated, inefficient and expensive war on drugs, he said. this is about reforming a judicial system of inequality system that will abuses blacks and minorities. this is holdser speak how they're disproportionately involved in that system. >> we also must confront the reality that once they're in that system, people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers. in recent years, black male offenders have received sentences nearly 20% longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. this isn't just unacceptable. it is shameful. >> now, the second case in new york city where a federal judge demolished the city's tactics surrounding a controversial stop and frisk law, the law has become a flash point for racial tensions nationwide not unlike stand your ground in the trayvon martin case. in her ruling, the judge said that tens of thousand of new yorkers had their rights syste
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 3:00am EDT
the fight over obama care takes a recess. the summer of the angry anti-obama care town hall is back. but unlike last time this story played out, it is republicans who are feeling the heat. >>> plus why the federal government needs to rethink the science around medical marijuana. all that is ahead. >>> but tonight we begin with the u.s. and russia relations in a downward and dangerous spiral. today white house spokesperson jay carney spent most of his daily briefing fielding questions about russia. the president announced a rare news conference for tomorrow. we expect he will answer a flood of questions about the increasingly chilly relations between the two countries. now, when you hear the u.s. and russia are bickering, when you hear their relationship is deteriorating or on the rocks, i want you to keep in mind, these two countries, our country and russia, still hold 94% of the world's nuclear weapons. 94%. you can see it on this graph. the chart comes from a plough share fund using estimates from hans christianson, the federation of american scientists. if you look over there on
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 6:00pm EDT
suggesting the president, president obama, will defund health care himself. just listen to former senator jim demint at a town hall yesterday. >> senator, what's the point of voting to defun obamacare when we know that president obama won't sign it? >> wellering with don't know that, do we? >> we don't know? we don't know if the president will defund his signature achievement? we also don't know if he's having donald trump and rush limbaugh over for potluck dinner tonight. we just don't know that, do we? meanwhile, over at fox news, folks are absolutely giddy over what they're sure is the imminent demise of health care. >>> quarter past the hour. president obama's health care law, running into more trouble by the day. >> a new controversy surrounding obamacare ahead of the massive health care overhaul law. >> i think this is one of the obvious signs that obamacare is doomed to fail. >> doomed to fail. huh? here are the facts. the federal government originally estimated that 7 million people would sign up for insurance exchanges all across the country. but a new study shows that actually, 8.5
MSNBC
Aug 11, 2013 2:00pm EDT
announcer ] fiber one. >>> >>> our key issues and people this week. spying showdown. president obama orders changes to u.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bezos. what does it sa
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2013 11:00pm EDT
that any person put forward by president obama ever has. it will be vocal and outspoken because he has chosen to be vocal and outspoken about racial profiling. i'm not sure that, frankly, he really believes in this. at the very least, he was against racial profiling before he was for if. he thought stop and frisk was dubious before he became its biggest champion. and -- >> well, he's definitely -- there's been a trajectory. there's been some movement. i'm willing to grant. ben jealous from the naacp. thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> thank you, chris. >>> joining me now, ryan grim, washington bureau chief for the "huffington post." ryan, you have ray kelly, head of new york city's police department, which is a big job, on sunday shows talking about stop and frisk as a central issue, and i'm just curious, what was your read of the political subtext of those appearances? >> you know, he's in a difficult position here because, you know, he's been floated now for a long time as a likely pick here. i know obama tends to leave people out there for a long time. it happened to susan r
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 11:00am EDT
tour. it's not clear that president obama would be able to get sort of the bipartisan support for this type of proposal that he's hoping for. and craig, to put this in a broader context, this is really the president's goal to tee up the fall budget battles. the budget and also, of course, the debt ceiling which he'll be dealing with this fall. that's part of the larger goal. we expect the president to come out in a few minutes. craig? >> kristen welker traveling with the president in buffalo. we'll hear from president obama in just a few moments. meanwhile, i want to bring in steve cornaki. let's talk about -- not just the president's plan here, but the rising cost of college. the rising cost of tuition. you've been talking a little bit about what they are doing out in oregon. let's talk a little bit about that. for folks who weren't familiar with this plan, what is it? and could it be taken to scale? >> that's what they're trying to find out right now. the stage is very early. it's a pilot program that's been developed right now. the plan isn't fully in place. the idea is basical
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 5:00pm EDT
hostage on defunding obama care. it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is an even worse idea. as the national review reported, house leadership is engaged in political wink wink kabuki theater where they have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink. i think over the bush tax cuts and plan b, we saw john boehner completely fail there his grasp on the most rowdy members of his caucus seems to be loosening. you would think based on reason alone something would bring them back from the precipice but i think the country, political watchers, you and i get less and less quinned by the day that anybody's in charge here and that anybody has their hands on the wheel. >> you're nice to call it rowdy. support for government shutdown is evaporating. tea party hero rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said. we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 2:00am EDT
part of obama care only subsidized it. didn't change it. just subsidized it. >> ari melber, the closer, gets tonight's last word. >>> cruising for a bruisen? let's play "hardball." ♪ >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. tonight, invasion of the body snatchers. the soul of a major american political party is suddenly up for grabs. party of lincoln and the emancipation proclamation of theodore roosevelt and the american conservation movement. the party of ronald ration who signed the deal with -- that eliminates nuclear weapons could be going ballistic. ted cruz talks in brinksmanship terms about shutting down the american government. he speaks in cold war terms of not blinking when it happens. letting the government drop before him as he gazes on in cold contempt. he uses the tactics of joe mccarthy suggesting now defense secretary chuck hagel, a fellow republican, might be an agent of this country's enemies. iran and north korea. will the republicans fight back? will they refuse to let their party's soul be grabbed by this new hard right that harkens back to the
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2013 8:00am EDT
spoke up. we watched play out this week a break from the norm since barack obama became president. there was knee-jerk reaction but support from republicans, and a lot of republicans who said nothing. is it a bigger break than that even. voices in 1986 and for years after 1986 pleading with americans to rethink that law. but there wasn't much room for them in either party. modern republican party was built on being tougher than the liberal softies on the other side. democrats became obsessed with disproving that claim. it's where stiff mandatory sentenci sentencing, three strikes and you're out, where the incarceration of more than 2.4 million americans, it's where it all comes from. the question is whether we've reached a new place, whether the tougher on crime imperative that drove both parties for a generation is giving way to a new consensus, one that doesn't automatically assume that the most punitive response is the best response. one that leaves room for what eric holder called common sense. have the politics of crime changed and have they changed for good? i want to ask my
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 11:00am EDT
and inviting the obamas to become involved. so we were seated in a back booth in maria callander's. i remember the restaurant was empty. he sat down across from me and since he had called this meeting on his own to find out who in the hell i am in his words, i had brought my resume expecting him to need to see my credentials before he went to the obama's. i handed those to him across the table and he barely glanced at the first page and put it aside and said he had already in wet michelle obama and she wanted us to work on a memo together. and then the next second i saw his whole face turn creepy and his eyes strange. and then he said to me, "your eyes have bewitched me." and i knew that our discussion had just taken a 180 in a different direction. but i didn't know what he was about to do and within a few seconds, he had gotten up and come over and sat next to me, pinning me into the booth, and then as this is not normal in my life, it was like a suspension of time and space. i don't remember if he immediately tried to move my face to kiss me, or said he wanted to kiss me. but his ar
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2013 2:00pm EDT
surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. >> speaking out, president obama promising new steps to reform the controversial surveillance programs. is this a win for leaker edward snowden? we'll have a live report. >>> also, presumed guilty, forced government cuts are devastating public defenders and their low-income clients. why this new normal may be unconstitutional. >>> from here i am able to control it. let's see how this does. no problem. >> and the helping hand, that's pretty cool, huh? self-taught teenage inventor created a prosthetic arm at a fraction of the cost of others. he'll join us live, today's "big idea." >>> first at this hour president obama and first lady michelle obama are aboard air force one. they are on their way to martha's vineyard where they will vacation for the next week. the president made one final stop in orlando this afternoon to speak at the disabled veterans national convention. >> at every generation there are americans like you who stand beside her and guide her and protect her. we need to make sure we've got the resources, the budget s
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 1:00pm EDT
. president obama pulled the plug on that moscow summit with vladimir putin next month. the latest move of international chess. nbc white house correspondent kristin welker joins us from the white house. kristin, this is only the latest irritant between the two over syria and other issues. this snowden affair certainly was what set them over the edge. >> reporter: it was. this was sort of the straw that broke the camel's back. i've been talking to senior administration officials and they're really stressing that idea this afternoon, that russia's decision to grant snowden temporary asylum is a part of a number of tensions that have existed between the united states and russia leading up to today. that is something that they emphasized in the statement that they put out, andrea. i'll read you part of the statement by jay carney. he says, quote, given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control and trade and commercial relations, global security issues, we have informed the russian government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the su
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 6:00am EDT
even before there was such a thing as obama care. if you look at the specific fees cited by u.p.s. as a reason for dropping them they are a pittance compared to what the rise in health care has been. it raises the question to me just because the possibility, because they are saying it's because obama care, maybe it's an opportunity for the company to save some money and pin it on something controversial. >> we should consider that this sort of thing should have been anticipated and very easy to blame the companies but in fact the policy may be flawed. a lot of companies, large franchise companies saying that their franchisees will most likely once obama care kicks in reduce flows fewer hours because of the health care costs. you would think when they were planning -- when they were planning for this they would have anticipated these sorts of things. there's this poll in july that the "wall street journal" did, the commission showed 47% of the american people is against obama care at this point. support for obama care is down to 34%. then these stories come out. you get the sense t
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2013 6:00am EDT
for us. you saw for the last election, they didn't want to vote for president obama, but at least he went out and talked to them, at least he went out and spoke about them. we didn't do that. we marginalized them. >> there is no more important regulatory reform than we can do than to repeal every single word of obama care. and that reaction right there, shows how we win this fight. >> that's it, richard. that's what it's doing. >> what's that? >> don't you think? creating a lot of space for chris christie listening to those guys. no? is that wrong? >> possible. >> all right. we're looking at here -- >> what's happening on the democratic side. >> the group emily's list. >> people creating space for hillary. >> held an event headlined madam president. it's pretty clear who they're talking about. take a listen. >> we have to have millions of people engaged and ready for what will be a pivotal race in america's history and that is about getting everyone excited now, about what i hope will be that moment in 2017 when we all get to say, madam president, to hillary rodham clinton. >> all ri
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2013 3:00am EDT
about to speak in just a moment. see the big defund obama care banner which lets you know what the event is going to be like. also tonight the terrifying prospect that one result of the bankruptcy of the city of detroit could be the thousands of potential personal bankruptcies caused by the slashing of retirees' pensions. a full discussion on that is coming up. all that plus i am absolutely geeking out a little bit over what i think is the coolest car ever. the tesla. i will tell you why it's so cool but also why it's so important. >>> but tonight we begin with a man who i believe is the most dangerous politician on the american right. in october 2007 i sat in the media gallery of the united states supreme court and watched the solicitor general of texas argue on behalf of the state that he should have the ability to put to death a mexican national, jose, who had been convicted of raping and murdering two teenage girls in houston. he won that argument and he was executed by texas on august 5th, 2008, despite the objections of the united nations and the international court of justic
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 1:00am EDT
and fight and win the argument. >> they see obama care as a big violation. >> a real divide within the republican party. >> successful parties are about building great coalitions. >> this is a party of inclusion. >> at least from the point of view of republican strategists in washington. >>> we have breaking news tonight on the question of whether or not ted cruz is now or ever has been a canadian citizen. that question provoked a strangely indefinite response, not from cruz himself but from his staff earlier today after the "dallas morning news" reported this. "born in canada to an american mother, ted cruz became an instant u.s. citizen, but under canadian law he also became a citizen of that country the moment he was born. unless the texas republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say." ted cruz released his canadian birth certificate in response to inquiries from the "dallas morning news." today ted cruz's senate press secretary released this oddly worded statement. "to our knowledge, he never had canadian
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Aug 23, 2013 12:00pm EDT
have our first african-american president. and yet when president obama was inaugurated in january of 2009, 79% of people believed race relations in the country are good. now it's only 52%. the african-american poverty rate, in 1966 when the statistics were first kept for african-americans was 41.8%, four in ten. in 2011 it was 27.6%. still high, but enclosuclearly lower. and the black high school graduation rate in 1964 was only 25%, only a quarter. in 2012 it was 85%. give us your assessment, congresswoman, of how far we've come or how far we still have to go in terms of dr. king's dream. >> well, thank you very much. obviously we've made tremendous gains over the past 50 years, but things change. it is not that you can take a look at what happened 50 years ago and simply talk about the progress. you must understand the complications of a growing society. those complications are oftentimes exacerbated by lingering discrimination and racism and marginalization, and so you still have some of that, which makes the fight a little bit different. however, the struggle must continue bec
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Aug 23, 2013 12:00am EDT
before the election, presidential candidate barack obama that day got a phone call in the morning telling him that his grandmother had just died. she had died at the apartment in hawaii where he had lived with her for a time when he was a boy. he had been raised partially by his grandparents, by his mother's parents. he was very close to his grandparents. very close to his grandmother. this was the day before the presidential election in 2008 when she died. president obama took time that day to grieve on his own, then that night he came to north carolina just hours before the polls were due to open across the country. president obama did one last rally. a huge one. 25,000 people in the rain at the university of north carolina in charlotte. he talked about his grandmother that night. he said, she's gone home. she died peacefully in her sleep with my sister at her side. he said, i'm not going to talk about her too long, because it is hard for me to talk about. so with hours to go until election day, presidential candidate barack obama, that night before the election in 2008, he stoo
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Aug 23, 2013 11:00am EDT
obama. impeachment. >> those are serious things but we are at a serious time and so whether -- i don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors. but i think they are getting perilously close, quite frankly, to think he's in a difficult position he's put himself in and if it continues, i think we are going to have another constitutional kris in our president in terms of the president. >> he isn't the only one spending the recess talking around that buzz word. here is why it has people talking. this is a republican who calls the president a friend. the president even pinned the write-up on the senator when he made this year's time 100. >> he said, now the president is a good friend of mine and i consider him a friend. can you imagine how he treats people who aren't his friend? >> he is an intelligent man. he is a smart politician. one day he says let's shut down the government and defend obama care and then he goes to a town hall and panders like there is no tomorrow. that is what this is. >> when republicans return to recess, they will a book avail
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Aug 19, 2013 5:00am EDT
communities in a number of states as red-flag conditions persist. president obama returns to washington with a full agenda including the crisis in egypt. >>> premeditated murder. did the blade runner plan to kill his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. >>> the most expensive road car ever sold at auction. very good morning. nice to see you. >>> we begin with developing news out of south africa, a premeditated murder indictment handed out to oscar pistorius. prosecutors say that he shot his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp with the intent to kill. we're live in pretoria, south africa. what happened inside the courtroom? >> veronica, the hearing was down in 15 minutes. this was just a formality, just to set the date of the trial. which is march 3rd 2014. he didn't read the charges as expected. after the hearing was over, we spoke to a state prosecutor that confirmed to us that the charges are still premeditated murder, they believe that pistorius that reeva was in that bathroom when he fired those shots. most interesting on the indictment some of the state witnesses heard a woman screa
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Aug 20, 2013 10:00pm EDT
president's health care plan. >> holding town hall meetings against obama care. >> now is the single best time we have to de-fund obama care. >> i don't think shutting down the government is not a good idea. >> we are standing up to take this country back. >> why can't the republicans all get on the same page? >> it is my honor to endorse him for the united states senate. >> chris christie's endorsement of steve lonegan. >> i am proud to have him as a candidate for the united states senate. >> lonegan has a chance to win. >> cory booker is way ahead in nearly every poll. >> why can't the republicans all get on the same page. >> we don't speculate on what we might find. >> they say this is a fool's errand. >> i'm proud to have him as a candidate for the united states senate? >> 99 nights ago at this hour, on this program an irs scandal was exposed for the first time. the real scandal is what the irs did in 1959 when it changed the meaning of the english language. when the irs decided that tax-exempt status could be granted even if an organization was not exclusively for the promotion of so
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Aug 18, 2013 2:00pm EDT
egypt and president obama's response. >> our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets. >> the key question for the u.s. -- should we cut off aid to egypt? i'll ask two key senators on the armed services committee. >>> race and justice, a controversial crime-fighting tool, stop and frisk, rejected by a federal judge. new york city police commissioner ray kelly joins me to defend it, while trayvon martin's mother gives me her views in an exclusive live interview. >>> ready to run? hillary clinton returns to the stage. what's her strategy and what's the gop plan of attack for 2016? i'll get insights and analysis from our special roundtable. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday morning, august 18th. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." >>> straight to the breaking news. a heavy security presence in cairo, egypt, this morning as military rulers are trying to strengthen their control over a country descending into chaos. so, h
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Aug 25, 2013 2:00pm EDT
. when i first came to washington in 1961, the same year that president barack obama was born, to go on the freedom ride, black people and white people couldn't be seated on a bus or a train together to travel through the south. so when our children grow up and their children grow up, they will not see those signs. the only place that they would see those signs would be in a book, in a museum, or on a video. >> do you see some of the same trappings of resentment and fear in our modern-day politics? is that what you're warning of when you see some of those forces coming back? >> well, i think there is some forces want to create this sense of fear. they think the country is moving too fast or maybe becoming too progressive. the country is not the same country. willlard browner, people coming together. and in a short time, the minority will be the majority. >> is there backlash that comes with that in your judgment? >> well, i think, as americans, we must be prepared to make the adjustment and not be afraid. be courageous. be embracive. embrace a change. >> as you look at dr. king's mes
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Aug 23, 2013 6:00am EDT
the author of the book "the message, the reselling of president obama." >> and that's all we have time for this morning. back to you. >> if we did the subtitle of richard's book we would run into chuck's hour as well. >> i want to say something, i have to go on record with this ben affleck thing. this is funny, we make a big deal but he's had a great career comeback with the town and -- >> "argo" so he directs himself and does well. he's had bombs when he does this stuff and we had a huge debate in the office over who has had a better career, him or matt damon because they're so linked. affleck had a better last couple years and this is a disastrous mistake. >> i think he's going to be great. >> really? >> i think it's -- like when daniel craig did james bond no one expected him to pull it off because daniel craig was too serious, reinvented the james bond character. i think affleck will do the same with batman. every woman will be happy. i am be standing in line to see it. >> very quickly here, during the british invasion, the -- no. why are we against affleck? i don't understand
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Aug 20, 2013 5:30am EDT
obama has not been tough enough in his response to this particular crisis. despite the violence, americans still believe the egyptian military is in the best position to provide the leadership to the troubled state. it's a messy situation. for more, let's go live to cairo. good morning, yousef. >> reporter: more uncertainty after the latest developments starting off with the arrest of the muslim brotherhood, they call him the supreme guide. 70 years old. he was detained in his residential apartment in the early hours of today. security forces were able to arrest him without any resistance and state television branded images and video footage showing his arrest and visibly tts vaut. now the muslim brotherhood has condemned the arrest and it is likely to fuel further protests from their end. keep in mind he was charged in july for inciting violence and we'll have to see how that trial continues to develop. also news of course on the possible release of former president mubarak. he is still pending a retrial on the failure to protect protesters in 2011. that is likely to keep him b
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Aug 23, 2013 2:00am EDT
points, like point shaving in basketball, shaved some points from obama's win last year. let's listen to this guy admit it again. we're not making this up. >> reporter: do you think all the attention to voter i.d. affected last year's elections? i think it did. think about this. we cut obama by 5%, which is big. a lot of people lost sight of that. he beat mccain by 10%, romney by 5%, i think probably photo i.d. helped a bit in that. >> what is this guy, under sodium pentothal? clarence, i don't get it. i don't even know why they admit it. what is the world they live? >> some people are tone-deaf to how they sound. his party is denying that photoo i.d. has anything to do with, when everyone knows the opposite. he kind of gave the game away, kind of like when lee atwater said we don't use the "n" word anymore, now we're more abstract. use words like school bussing or crime in the streets, blah blah blah. that's the same kind of thing happens here. >> but he's saying the mere word spreading in the black community, when people live in row houses and don't have driver's licenses, and peopl
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Aug 16, 2013 2:00pm EDT
president obama to cut off aid. they go on to, in that statement, urge president obama to cut off aid. has the united states, have we lost our influence entirely in that part of the world, in egypt specifically? >> almost all of it. you know, i think that the obama administration must surely judge that there's some influence left or some sliver or some hope of having influence because they clearly want to keep this aid going. i'm a little surprised, i guess, at this point that they haven't at least talked more explicitly about suspending it or cutting some of it, but you know, that aid really doesn't buy what it used to. that number was set around 1980, and it's never been increased for inflation. so its value when you measure for inflation has really dropped. i forget the percentage. i think it might be about 50% of what it was worth originally. and more importantly, it's completely dwarfed by the, i believe, $10 billion to $12 billion being pumped into egypt right now by saudi arabia and the united emirates. those are the people who have real influence. as i wrote today on time.com, the
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Aug 12, 2013 10:00pm EDT
local, both historic. >>> last week, when president obama said this, his attorney general, eric holder, was apparently listening. >> we all know that young african-american men disproportionately have involvement in criminal activities and violence. for a lot of reasons. a lot of it having to do with poverty. a lot of it having to do with disruptions in their neighborhoods, in their communities, failing schools, and all those things. and that's no excuse, but what we also believe in is that people, everybody should be treated fairly and the system should work for everyone. >> today the obama administration's attorney general announced important new changes in prosecutorial guidelines involving low-level non-violent drug offenses because federal law is littered with oppressive and unreasonable mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, those mandatory minimum sentences can only be changed by congress. realizing that this congress will never take action in this area, the attorney general has decided to instruct his prosecutors to measure the charges they bring in criminal cases again
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Aug 22, 2013 10:00pm EDT
large. >> president obama speaking at the university of buffalo. >>> bradley manning's stunning announcement. >> more revelations about the nsa. but first, developing stories. >>> the worst voter suppression laws in the country. >> the justice department is pursuing a new course. >> to the state's voter id law. >> there is a new electorate. they know the south has changed. >> there has to be a point where the two sides clash. >> that is why they're trying so hard to stop the vote. >> the real battle lies ahead in washingto washington. >> the brave, quick thinking unarmed woman who stopped the bad guy with a gun who walked into an elementary school in georgia almost was not there. antoinette tuff was reportedly scheduled to have the day off on tuesday, but a last-minute shift switch put her in the school's front office, where she was confronted by the gunman and successfully talked him into surrendering. her heroism, as you know, was captured on a 911 call. >> stay on the line with me now, where are you? >> i'm in the front office. he just went outside and started shooting. oh, c
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Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
programs. part of obama care only subsidized it. didn't change it. just subsidized it. >> ari melber, the closer, gets tonight's last word. chris hayes is up next. >>> good evening from new york. i'm chris hayes. tonight on "all in" a former gop staffer is diagnosed with cancer and converts to become an obama care believer. he will be here with his story. also tonight all that fear mongering by the national rifle association about a vast gun registry when all of the information about gun owners is collected and stored in a secret database. turns out that wasn't so crazy after all. we found out there is one, and we'll tell you the surprising answer to who set it up. that is coming up. >>> plus, the apartment building plan for new york city that has separate entrance, one for rich residents and one in the affordable housing units. pretty stark example of the fracturing of america along lines of class. my guest tonight thinks it's a great idea. stay tuned for that. but we begin with incredible, shocking enthuse out of syria. a possible chemical weapons massacre with the governmen
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